Project: Kitchen Shelves

My husband just finished building kitchen shelves. We are in the process of trying to free up counter and shelf space so we have more food space. Old houses are fascinating.  I'm not sure I quite get how most families were quite large and while the houses are roomy they have  no real storage space.  I'll save researching turn of the century houses and space for another date. 

Side note:  I visited Chicago last weekend and showed my dad pictures of the completed shelves. My father replies, "THOSE ARE MAN SHELVES!" If you are a nerd (like I am) and have seen the anime (Fairy Tale) you will know there's this character that always refer to himself (and everyone) as a MAN! 

 I swear to God, I [internally] went---did you just channel Elfman? My dad kept saying if the house falls down, those shelves will still be left standing. On to building: 

Started from the bottom:

     Price: (<$100)               Materials: 1x12 | 2x4 (6) | Screws | Paint | Brackets

The hardest part of the project pictured was leveling. 

Now we're here:

That right there----is the semi-final picture. We were making sure our island of randomness fit nice and neat under the shelves. 

Tom has been painting the shelves over the weekend. When they are finally finished, I will post up pictures of the final results. He also decided to paint the Ikea island that we put on wheels, too. 

We are currently deep in projects in preparation for Thanksgiving. I'm so excited!!! 

Project: Workable Kitchen

Our main priority was to create a workable kitchen. I equate starting off as new homeowners to my past years of starting out on level one of The Sims: 

 Mixing that emotionally with how overwhelming and daunting housing projects are. 


Our dream kitchen would be this eclectic modern vintage U-shaped kitchen, but our reality was a medium sized kitchen with no prep space and an archaic sink and bubbly counter tops. We went to all the big stores to price laminate counter tops, but we were not fully sold. 

I forgot to take a before picture, but just so you get a visual, part of the house selling feature included new counter tops by the owner. Unfortunately, the inspector killed that dream when some electrical features needed to be updated. The seller let us pick: electrical work or counter tops. Fast forward, we could not place our new kitchen items on the counter tops because they would tilt lean, and it was just a hot mess.   Tom's friend Pete who had recently remodeled their kitchen suggested butcher block countertops

Tom also built a kitchen island ON WHEELS! He is the absolute best. I'll eventually show more house image stages when we get past basic projects. We're continually rethinking kitchen design concepts now that we are cooking and baking in this room. 

What We Learned

As our first major project: 

  • Our project budget had a built-in cushion, but I still would have upped the value for small mishaps. 
  • A featured mishap: The sink featured in the picture was returned along with 3 others for damaged parts, missing pieces, and all around terrible quality. We eventually settled on a great sink, but there was a lot of store returning. 
  •  We did not figure out a meal plan accurately. We spent a lot of money eating out, which I'm not sure how you supplement that when your oven has been moved.